The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) has developed a new website portal providing extensive information and resources regarding the effects of the “Buy American” provisions in recently enacted legislation on water and wastewater infrastructure funding.
The 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act both contain language imposing “American Iron and Steel” restrictions on federally funded water and wastewater projects. Such restrictions increase project costs and delay project timelines, disrupt established manufacturing supply chains, stifle competition both inside and outside U.S. borders, and lead to retaliatory legislation in other countries.
The WWEMA site, “What You Should Know About Buy American,” provides the only online repository of its kind on the topic.
“WWEMA has long been a leader in opposing restrictions on trade,” WWEMA Executive Director Vanessa Leiby said. “While ‘Buy American’ makes a nice sound bite, it has unintended consequences that can be devastating to manufacturers right here in the United States. This online portal is a one-stop resource to help manufacturers and other key stakeholders understand the legislation as well as its potential impact on their businesses and water and wastewater infrastructure projects.”
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For more information, visit www.wwema.org.
Since 1908, WWEMA has informed, educated, and provided leadership on the issues that shape the future of the water and wastewater industry. Its member companies supply leading-edge products and technologies to address today’s most pressing water-related needs and challenges.
SOURCE: Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association